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First Alert PIR720RN Motion Sensing Light Socket

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  • Motion sensing light socket
  • Automatically turns light on when you enter a room and off when you leave
  • Senses movement in all directions
  • Ideal for laundry rooms, basements, walk-in closets, and garages
  • For use with 25 to100-watt bulbs- Item does not work with CFL bulb
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Technical Details
Part Number PIR720R
Item Weight5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions6.7 x 4 x 3 inches
Item model numberPIR720RN
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006A2SNG
Best Sellers Rank #214,125 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.6 ounces
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 1, 2008
  
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Product Description

FIRST ALERT PIR720R MOTION SENSING LIGHT SOCKET

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The First Alert Motion-Sensing Light Socket quickly and easily transforms an ordinary light socket into a motion-sensing socket. This clever device will automatically turn on a light when it senses movement, and it will turn off the light after movement is no longer detected. This means you can finally stop worrying about fumbling for a light switch when your hands are full or finding a hard-to-reach pull-string in the dark.



This hands-free, motion-sensitive lighting device helps improves safety and convenience in your home. View larger.

The Motion-Sensing Light Socket
At-a-Glance:
  • Hands-free lighting device turns on with movement
  • Detects motion in every direction
  • Installs easily into an existing light socket
  • 3-year limited warranty
Convenient, Automatic Lighting
Ideal for laundry rooms, basements, walk-in closets, garages, or anywhere a light switch isn't in a convenient spot, the First Alert Motion-Sensing Light Socket is a hands-free lighting device that turns on when you enter a room and automatically turns off four minutes after movement stops.

Senses Movement in All Directions
Able to operate in broad daylight or pitch-black darkness, this light socket features a 360-degree motion sensor that will detect a person approaching within twelve feet when installed at an eight-foot height. To achieve maximum motion sensitivity, use the handy arrows marked on the unit to determine the strongest response, adjusting the 180-degree points to face a door or other high-traffic area as needed.

Simple Installation for Immediate Use
With the First Alert Motion-Sensing Light Socket, you can get the convenience of automatic lighting without the expensive installation. Just screw the motion-sensing socket directly into an existing light socket, and then fasten the light bulb into the new fixture. The socket works with 25-100 watt bulbs (the product is not suitable for use with enclosed, shaded, or halogen bulbs).

The First Alert Motion-Sensing Light Socket is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
First Alert Motion-Sensing Light Socket



The Motion-Sensing Light Socket (pictured in the center) illuminates a lightbulb when you enter a room,
then turns it off four minutes after movement stops.

Customer Reviews

It is great to not have to turn on a light switch in our basement laundry room.
Reader
It worked fine for about a week, detecting motion and turning on then turning off after a few minutes, but now the light just stays on all the time.
Mom of two
First Alert PIR720RN Motion Sensing Light SocketI purchased two of these and one of them failed in less than a week.
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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By TerrierLover on March 19, 2008
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I purchased this for an understair closet with a bare socket light and a switch that was hard to reach. The socket is hung horizontally from the wall, not the ceiling. When I first put it in, it didn't work at all - either didn't come on or didn't go off. It took some doing but I was able to get it to work by using blue painters tape around about 2/3 of the clear portion (so only a portion facing the entrance door is clear). It doesn't look the best, but I have to admit it's been a life saver. But be forewarned, it's not bullet proof. I suspect the problem in our case was the very tight quarters - that because the light hung horizontally, the sensor did not have enough clear space 360 degrees around it. However, when I masked all but the front facing portion of the sensor, it started to work and has worked well since then.
See it in action in video and note the tape.
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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Don W. on April 7, 2007
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I've had three of these for about 10 years. Two are still working after all this time and the third one failed when the bulb burned out and caused a momentary short circuit. The sensor failed a fraction of a second after the bulb. Shame but stuff sometimes happens. Replaced the failed unit with a spare and all is still well.

Another reviewer mentioned that the range is insufficient. I've found that while the units do respond to a 360 degree circle, they do not respond equally in all directions. The unit responds excellently in two opposite directions and poorly in between. The manufacturer must know this because the center terminal is spring loaded and makes electrical contact about a half turn before the sensor screws tight into the socket. Thus, you can unscrew the unit by about a half turn and still have it work. I've taken a few days and slowly unscrewed the sensor from the ceiling socket a few degrees at a time until the most sensitive direction faces my single point of entry. Works much better that way. Doing similarly might help some folks.

November 2012 addition --- Newer units from this manufacturer make finding the sweet spot easier as they now mold in a small bar (or mark) on the sensor which matches the direction of best sensitivity. My old units are not marked and trial and error is used.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Pennsylvania Reader VINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
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This is an amazing product. I love it! If they were less expensive, I'd buy five or six. I have one in my basement, where the bulbs are old-fashioned screw-in-to-turn-on types (not pull chains). Yes, I could rewire the basement, but in the meantime, this is the perfect choice. Like many motion-sensing devices, this socket doesn't work with a flourescent bulb; package instructions say to use it only with incandescent bulb. It also can't be used in an enclosed fixture, only a bare-bulb fixture. But for closets, garages, pantries, basements, etc., it's perfect.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ian Baker on August 12, 2006
I bought four of these. So far they appear to work well. They do not work with compact flourescent lights well, but are fine with incandescent bulbs.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kite flyer on July 10, 2007
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I bought this item because I wanted to convert an existing regular light fixture into a motion activated one, but at the end, I could not use it for what I wanted.

This sensor will only work with ceiling mounted bulbs (according to the instructions, only with incandescent bulbs between 25 & 100W, but see below). It will not work with wall-mounted lights, even if it's a bare bulb, unless you manage to set the sensor in a vertical position (as if it were hanging from the ceiling) AND manage to keep the sensor at least 12 inches from the wall. The problem is that once the light is on, the heat reflected from wall will keep the sensor always on and will not turn the light off after you leave the room. Also, according to the instructions, the sensor will not work if it's inside any kind of enclosure, even if it's glass or clear plastic, it will only work with bare bulbs.

The instructions state that the sensor will NOT work with fluorescent bulbs, but I tried it anyway with a 23 W bulb (100 W incandescent equivalent) and it works, except that it takes a while for the bulb to warm up and for the light to reach its maximum intensity; after that it's fine. The delay is an issue of the fluorescent bulb, not the sensor. I noticed that another reviewer tried a fluorescent bulb and it flickered, but I had no problems except the delay time. It is possible that the other reviewer used a 15 W fluorescent bulb (the 23W bulb I used is close to the minimum 25W recommended). Or, maybe it only works with certain brands of fluorescent bulbs, (my bulb didn't have the brand printed on it, but it's a regular compact spiral one).

The sensor does not have a photocell, so it will always turn the light on once it detects movement. Therefore, it is best for places with low light or no windows where, if you are in the room, you will always need the light on, regardless of whether it's day or night.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. Fogelson on December 12, 2005
Indispensable for use in garage. The old, dim, garage door opener's light never lasted long enough to bring in the groceries. We added a "Y" adapter and two halogen 40 watt bulbs to this motion sensing switch for a perfect solution for night and day garage lighting needs. The two halogen bulbs have a long and very bright life and the four minute sensor-timer preset is perfect. As a bonus, the kids don't need to be nagged to shut off the garage ceiling light.
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